Recommended Books

Final FRCR 2B

No textbook can replace 2B viva practice with consultants, however there are some textbooks that are very helpful in preparing you for your final exams. The list is not comprehensive and there is absolutely no need to buy all the textbooks below. 2B textbooks are not cheap – your senior colleagues who have sat the exam will have some books which you can borrow or buy from them at ‘mates rates’. Alternatively, you can make use of your hospital library and request these books. Ask junior consultant colleagues who may have some of these textbooks gathering dust on an office shelf! Also if you have other colleagues who are sitting the exam at the same time, set up a ‘book swap’ where you lend each other textbooks you have bought.

Aunt Minnie’s Atlas and Imaging-Specific Diagnosis

Thomas L. Pope

ISBN: 145117215X

This is a great viva book. Classic 2B cases are presented with key radiological findings, a diagnosis and a short succinct discussion. The pictures are good quality and the discussions provide key background information which examiners may ask you about during your viva.

Chapman & Nakielny’s Aids to Radiological Differential Diagnosis – 6th Edition

Stephen Davies

ISBN: 0702051764

This is the 2B bible and is by the side of every 2B candidate. It provides the most comprehensive lists of differential diagnosis and can be slightly overwhelming. It lists every possible differential diagnosis – for 2B it is the top 3 differential diagnoses the examiners want to hear! However, this is a great book to use as a reference during viva teaching with consultants.

Final FRCR 2B Long Cases

Jessie Aw, John Curtis

ISBN: 052174069X

This is a good book to give you an idea of the breadth of topics that can be tested in the Long Cases. It also has useful tips however as the exam has moved to a digital platform some of the advice is dated.

Final FRCR 2B Viva – A Survival Guide

Kiat Tsong Tan, John Curtis, Jessie Aw

ISBN: 9780521183079

This is a great book full of high quality images accompanied with clear and concise explanations of the cases. It covers the full range of imaging modalities and organ systems. The exam technique tips are also very useful.

Final FRCR Part B Viva: 100 Cases and Revision Notes

Richard White, Robin Proctor, Ian Zealley

ISBN: 1907816488

This book is a little gem. It focusses on providing the knowledge necessary to pass one of the toughest exam components of the exam – the Viva. 100 common viva topics are presented, each one accompanied by model answers and tips on how to discuss the case in question.

Long Cases for the Final FRCR 2B

Rebecca Hanlon, John Curtis et al

ISBN: 9780199590001

This book contains 42 practice long cases and each case is presented as it would appear in the exam. The cases are then followed by a model answer and also come with a further reading list. This book is written by a highly qualified team of authors with a wealth of exam experience and is definitely worth reading!

Mnemonics for Radiologists and FRCR 2B Viva Preparation: A Systematic Approach (MasterPass)

Phillip Yoong, William Bugg, Catherine A. Johnson

ISBN: 1908911956

This is a really great book to kick-start your 2B preparation. It is an easy read and you do not have to be a fan of mnemonics to like it! The lists of differentials they give are much shorter and are the ‘must say’ differentials which examiners will be waiting to hear. This book should be supplemented with Chapman & Nikielny.

Rapid Review of Radiology

Shahid Hussain, Sherif A Latif, Adrian D Hall

ISBN: 1840761202

A great introduction to classic 2B cases with differential diagnosis and case discussions. Considered by many to be a 2B essential textbook.

Top 3 Differentials in Radiology – A Case Review

William T. O'Brien

ISBN: 1626232784

This is a very big book and should be used for reference. Classic 2B cases are presented with the top 3 differential diagnoses and then 2-3 relevant differential diagnoses. Short paragraphs discuss the key features, which differentiate between the differentials and key ‘pearls’ are provided at the end.